Hidden Treasures: Trio of Rare Italian Exotic Cars Found in Barn

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A trio of vintage Italian exotic cars were found in a Texas barn in almost perfect condition and will soon be brought up for auction at Pebble Beach.

When we think of barns, we usually associate them with animals, heavy machinery or vintage Italian exotic cars. Wait, vintage exotic Italian cars? Well, that's exactly what was found in a Texas barn. The three exotic cars found were a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona with 9,752 miles, a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS with 2,910 miles and a 1977 Maserati Bora Coupe with a mere 978 miles. All three vintage beauties will be sold at Mecum's Monterey auction next month.

The vintage cars have spent nearly 30 years being kept in a storage shed not far from Dallas accumulating dust. The owner was a friend of Italian racer Luigi Chinetti, who also opened the first Ferrari dealership in the U.S. following World War II. The dealership was for many years the only source of Ferraris in the U.S. An interesting fact about the three exotics is that they all sport New Hampshire plates registered in 1989, which was not that far from Luigi Chinetti's Connecticut home dealership. Why anyone would leave such exotic beauties in a barn collecting dust and foul smells is beyond us.

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The trio of exotic cars gained notice in March when they found their way onto the bidding blocks of our most beloved online auction site, eBay Motors. The cars have since caught the attention of many collectors as each have little if any interior decay and need only minor repairs to be restored to running condition. The 1974 Ferrari Dino, according to Jalopnik, "may be the best original example of that model in existence," making this one-of-a-kind Ferrari a must for serious collectors.

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